Beaumont Children’s Hospital has opened a Sickle Cell Anemia Center offering comprehensive, specialized care for infants, children and adolescents with sickle cell anemia and sickle-thalassemia syndromes.
Dr. Kate Gowans
The Royal Oak-based clinic’s medical director, Kate Gowans, M.D. is section head, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Beaumont Children’s Hospital.
According to the National Institutes of Health, sickle cell anemia is the most common form of sickle cell disease, or SCD. It’s a hereditary disease, estimated to affect 70,000 to 100,000 Americans. While more prevalent in black Americans, it also occurs in the Hispanic American population. It is a serious disorder where the body produces sickle or crescent shaped red blood cells. The abnormally shaped cells tend to be stiff and sticky, blocking blood flow. This results in pain and organ damage.
Explains Dr. Gowans, “The sickle cell diagnoses represent a broad range of congenital anemias. It is important that these patients receive specialized care, along with acute and chronic treatment for possible complications including pain, infection, acute chest syndrome, stroke and pulmonary hypertension.”
The clinic team is comprised of pediatric specialists from hematology, pulmonology, infectious diseases, neurology, gastroenterology, intensive care, emergency care, surgery and cardiology.
Beaumont’s Sickle Cell Anemia Center also offers:
- Family-centered comprehensive specialized care, including an on-site laboratory, special immunizations and diagnostic studies recommended by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
- Inpatient and outpatient areas staffed by nurses certified by the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses
- Full service outpatient clinic and infusion area
- Support from pediatric pharmacists, social workers, certified child life specialists to assist with coping during hospital stays and surgeries
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 248-551-0360.
About Beaumont Children's Hospital
Beaumont Children’s Hospital doctors provide comprehensive health services for infants, children and adolescents in nearly every medical and surgical subspecialty. Part of Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Beaumont Children's Hospital features a team of more than 80 pediatric subspecialists and more than 200 board-certified pediatricians in addition to pediatric nurses and support staff. Facilities include dedicated pediatric units in Royal Oak and at Beaumont Hospital, Troy as well as outpatient locations throughout Metro Detroit. Expert pediatric services include emergency care, hematology-oncology, newborn and pediatric intensive care, pediatric surgery and craniofacial surgery among other specialties. Beaumont Children’s Hospital is a member of the Children’s Hospital Association and is the only Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals affiliate in Southeast Michigan. Find out more at www.beaumontchildrenshospital.com, connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beaumontchildrenshospital or call 855-480-KIDS (5437).